Nepal: Nepal Earthquake

WHO FMT Update April 29

May 01, 2015

Dr. Kem Kharki (MOHP focal point for International Teams) and Dr. Ian Norton (WHO coordinator for Foreign Medical Teams, FMT) opened meeting.  The meeting intent is an operationally focussed daily Coordination meeting for teams providing medical and health related care to the population affected by the Earthquake.

Up to 90% of primary health care structures in the 11 most affected districts have been damaged or destroyed. 3 district hospitals have been damaged and are not usable, requiring Field Hospital substitution.

  • Chautara, Sindulpalchock
  • Bidur, Nuwakot
  • Dhunche, Rasuwa

The ministry decided to institute a “hub and spoke” approach to placement of large teams in strategic locations based on previously existing hospitals and health care facilities, and with extra placement according trauma load. From each “hub” mobile teams, or smaller type 1 facilities will be dispatched to the remoter areas, to allow remaining trauma cases to be either treated or referred to the next level of care, including back to tertiary level care at the Kathmandu hospitals. Large numbers (over 10) military field hospitals have been deployed from the armies of India, China, Israel, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Bhutan.

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More than 8,500 people are dead and over 15,000 injured following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the Himalayan region the morning of April 25, 2015. Eight million people are affected across Nepal, and one million children are in urgent need of help.